#4 Alexa Bliss had heat after joining WWE NXT
In 2013, Alexa Bliss signed a WWE developmental deal after sending in an audition tape on the company’s website.
Like Baron Corbin, Bliss watched wrestling when she was a child but she had never wrestled before, which meant she had to learn everything from scratch alongside some WWE newcomers who had previously wrestled on the independent scene.
Bliss said on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast in 2017 that she found it difficult to fit in because of her background as a cheerleader and fitness model.
“This whole business is based on respect and because I wasn’t wrestling in the indies beforehand, it was very hard to be accepted. It was very, very hard because it’s a whole culture here, you know what I mean?”
She added that other women in WWE’s developmental system sometimes put her down by referring to her as a fitness model, as opposed to an up-and-coming wrestler.
Fellow WWE NXT trainees Shaul Guerrero and Charlotte Flair helped Bliss during that time and recognized that she was more than just a model.
“I became really close with Shaul in NXT and she always had my back for everything and she would help me as much as she could. Charlotte helped me as much as she could and they became my really good friends from that.”
Bliss left NXT in 2016 and became one of the most popular female Superstars of her generation after joining WWE’s main roster.